The idea of stopping terrorist attacks from occurring is simply asinine in this light, as it’s just too easy to walk into a mall and cause havoc.
The message to terrorists (also heard by the American people) should not be,
We’ll stop people from setting off bombs in malls.
It’s easy to set off a bomb in a mall. So what. If you do you’ll kill fewer people than died that day from car accidents — in a single large state. We’re not afraid. We’re American. We won’t panic and we’ll simply hunt you down and kill you.
Put things in perspective. Don’t overreact. Obesity and alcoholism make Bin Laden look silly by comparison.
Sure, we still stay vigilant. We still look for suspicious activity. We still report things that might be dangerous. And we build that defensive eye into our education system. But we don’t open our legs to fear by considering an attack to be proof that our security has failed.
Us being attacked isn’t a failure. A mall bomb or seven, or an airplane or two going down on the same day: we should consider these extremely annoying and grounds for an asswhoopin’ — not evidence of the weakness of our country.
We should plan on this happening. Expect it. And not flinch when it does.
This is how we increase our security — by collectively controlling our response to attack and putting an end to pretending it won’t ever happen.